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CABOH E-NEWSLETTER Vol. 3 March 2016 

May 4, 2016

Bills of Concern are still being negotiated:

Governors Proposed April Budget - which has $4,115,962 Funding to Local Health
Departments/Districts would be reallocated from DPH line item to Municipal Revenue
Sharing.

UPDATES :
The following 3 Bills have been incorporated into Bill HB 5537 and passed on to the
Governor.
Section 41 is now includes a process involving the governing body/Board
of Health. See Below *

Section 41 from- S.B. No.355 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS.
Section 39 from RHB-5457 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS AND HEALTH DIRECTORS.
Section 44- HB05131 ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE ON NAIL SALONS AND NAIL TECHNICIANS.

*“In the event the commissioner reasonably suspects impropriety on the part of a local director of health or district director of health, or employee of such director, in the performance of his or her duties, the commissioner shall provide notification and any evidence of such impropriety to the appropriate governing authority of the municipal health authority, established pursuant to section 19a-200, or the district department of health, established pursuant to section 19a-244, for purposes of reviewing and assessing a director's or an employee's compliance with such duties. Such governing authority shall provide a written report of its findings from the review and assessment to the commissioner not later than ninety days after such review and assessment. When requested by local directors of health or district directors of health, the commissioner shall consult with them and investigate and advise concerning any condition affecting public health within their jurisdiction."

HB05129
AN ACT CONCERNING THE ADMINISTRATION OF INFLUENZA VACCINES BY PHARMACISTS AND MEDICAL ASSISTANTS AND THE LISTING OF CERTIFIED MEDICAL ASSISTANTS.      03/22/16 File 101 House Calendar

HB05136
AN ACT CONCERNING THE HEALTH OF CHILDREN.
03/23/16 FILE NO. 133 House Calendar

HB05139
AN ACT CONCERNING THE USE OF RECYCLED TIRE RUBBER AT MUNICIPAL AND
PUBLIC SCHOOL PLAYGROUNDS.
04/22/16 REF.Tabled to House Calendar

HB05350
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS
ON FLUORIDATION OF THE PUBLIC WATER SUPPLY.         5/2/2016 signed by Governor Public Act 16-4

HB05542
AN ACT CONCERNING THE DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC HEALTH'S RECOMMENDATIONS CONCERNING THE PREVENTION OF SMOKING AND TOBACCO USE.
04/06/16 FILE NO. 495 House Calendar

HB05579
AN ACT CONCERNING THE GOVERNOR'S COUNCIL ON CLIMATE CHANGE.
04/04/16 FILE NO. 419 House Calendar

SB00119
AN ACT ESTABLISHING A TASK FORCE TO STUDY HOARDING.         5/2/2016 Special Act 16-2

Governor's AN ACT CONCERNING OPIOIDS AND HB-5053 Passed Senate

HB 5299 - AN ACT CONCERNING TOXIC FLAME RETARDANT CHEMICALS IN CHILDREN'S PRODUCTS AND UPHOLSTERED RESIDENTIAL FURNITURE. Senate Calendar

April 21, 2016

Bills of Concern:

-Governors Proposed April Budget - Looks like $4,115,962 Funding to Local Health Departments/Districts would be reallocated from DPH line item to Municipal Revenue Sharing.

-HB Substitute 5604 for HB 498 -AN ACT CONCERNING REGIONAL EFFICIENCIES.
To (1) authorize the Commission on Municipal Opportunities and Regional Efficiencies to develop a regionalization evaluation tool to measure and assess the performance of and efficiencies achieved by each municipality and local and regional board of education and submit recommendations for municipal aid funding based on the criteria of such tool, (2) require the Office of Policy and Management to notify municipalities and local and regional boards of education of such criteria if the General Assembly implements such criteria through legislation, and (3) require the Office of Policy and Management to implement the regionalization evaluation tool. Introduced by: from Planning and Development Committee 

Public Testimony: Opposition- COST, West COG, CCM 

Support- Metro Hartford Alliance,NECCOG, Speaker J Sharkey, OPM supports intent with have concerns regarding implementation, resources.

Food for Thought:

How will these Bills effect the funding distribution to Health Departments/Districts?
How does it relate to the state statues regarding DPH per capita?
Will the Municipalities determine how much funds would be allocated to Public Health?
What kind of tool will be developed to address performance?

March 18, 2016

-Raised S.B. No. 355 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS.
To require an audit, at least once every three years, of local health departments and districts.

-Introduced by:Public Health Committee

Filed with Legislative Office Commissions with proposed substitute language LCO No. 3265
The commissioner shall assist and advise local directors of health and district directors of
health in the performance of their duties, and may require the enforcement of any law,
regulation or ordinance relating to public health. In the event the commissioner reasonably
suspects impropriety on the part of a local director of health or district director of health, or
employee of such director, in the performance of his or her duties, the commissioner may
audit the records of such health department or health district for purposes of assessing a
director's or an employee's compliance with such duties. When requested by local directors
of health or district directors of health, the commissioner shall consult with them and
investigate and advise concerning any condition affecting public health within their
jurisdiction.


-RHB-5457 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS AND HEALTH DIRECTORS.
To require the same time commitment to their duties for directors of district departments of health as is required of municipal health directors and to require the Department of Public Health to closely supervise and oversee local health departments.

Substitute Bill includes changes to add Full time Director and deletes supervision by DPH. Bill is referred to Office of Legislative Research and Office of Fiscal Analysis 3/23/2016

March 2, 2016

In addition to HB 5044, Governors Budget cuts to Local Health Districts /Departments there are two other proposed legislation that directly affect local health. They are: 

-Raised S.B. No. 355 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS.
To require an audit, at least once every three years, of local health departments and districts.

-Introduced by: Public Health Committee

Language added - “On or before October 1, 2017, and at least once every three years
thereafter, the commissioner shall audit the records of each local health department and
district for purposes of assessing their performance and the compliance of the local directors of
health with their duties. “

-RHB-5457 AN ACT CONCERNING LOCAL HEALTH DISTRICTS AND HEALTH DIRECTORS.
To require the same time commitment to their duties for directors of district departments of health as is required of municipal health directors and to require the Department of Public Health to closely supervise and oversee local health departments.

-Introduced by:Public Health Committee.

Omitted sentence in parenthesis and changes in blue.
. [He shall devote his entire time to the performance of such duties as are required of directors
of health by the general statutes or the Public Health Code and as the board specifies in its
written agreement with him;] Such director shall serve in a full-time capacity, shall not engage
in private practice

February 15, 2016

Governors HB Bill No.5044 -Governors Budget cuts Aid to Local and District Departments of Health from $4,692,648 to $4,115,926 Public Hearing February 18 at 4:30 pm ROOM 2C of the LOB APPROPRIATIONS COMMITTEE PUBLIC HEARING.

Last year the Governors Budget Cut the per capital by some 5% and is doing it again unless there is enough support from the Public Health Community to keep the per capita as it was @ $1.85. The Appropriations Committee needs to know from you what this cut means to Public Health Services in the state.

 

House Democrats - 1-800-842-1902
House Republicans - 1-800-842-1423
Senate Democrats - 1-800-842-1420
Senate Republicans - 1-800-842-1421

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